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Tilapia Burritos w/homemade Lime Crema and Chile Fresca plus Avocado salsa 💃🏻 

In the center is the Chile Fresca (fresh chile) Here’s the avocado salsa, I love. Ingredients… 4 tilapia steaks Seasoning mix Cooking spray Yogurt Crema (recipe to follow) Avocado salsa (I used store bought) Chile Fresca (recipe to follow) Shredded cheese Lemon wedges Flour Tortillas of your choice (I use wheat), the hubby prefers regular Process… Prepare the Lime Crema Combine 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used non fat), 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp cilantro (I used the tube type paste cilantro here) and 1/2 tsp salt and a dash of pepper Chill until ready to use Prepare the Chile Fresca Chop then combine the following 1 cup fresh tomato 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro 1/4 cup white onion 1 tablespoon chopped jalepeno (more or less according to heat preference) 1 tsp lemon juice 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp garlic powder Refrigerate until ready to use Cool the Talapia Begin to preheat your broiler, move oven shelf to about 8 inches from the heat source. Combine 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/4 …

Red Rice and Smoked Sausage.

A one pot meal what’s not to love! Add a salad and you are dinner ready. After researching dishes I could make with the lnsmoked sausage I had on hand I came up with this yummy version of Red Rice and Sausage. I hope you’ll give it a try, it’s so tasty. The Texas Pete is definitely optional ingredient here, don’t feel pressured to add it. This dish would be just fine without it. Most of what you’ll need Here’s the sausage I used Begin to brown the sausage Added in the rice Bring to a boil, then simmer covered Remove from heat and let set a bit to continue to dry out Serve with a nice crisp and cold salad of your liking and there’s dinner. Enjoy! Ingredients… 1 tablespoon cooking oil (I used olive oil) 1/2 medium chopped white onion 2 garlic cloves chopped small 14 oz. smoked sausage, sliced 1 pinch of oregano 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup white rice 1 small can tomato …

On the Creek Trail

On my waterfall! What great spot! A fabulous secret gem indeed. Somewhere in Kentucky. My husband and I have been traveling back and forth to Kentucky from California for almost two years now. We travel to see our family members living here. Being so separated (in distance) from 2 of our grandkids is hard to bare, but our every 8-12 week visits have made things a bit more barely that’s for sure. I’m so thankful we have been able to keep up this visiting schedule. Recently our daughter shared this most magnificent spot close to her home. Awe, a bit of mother nature’s glory at it’s best!

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Here’s the finished dish. I served it over spaghetti noodles, you could use any type of pasta here, regular or whole wheat of course. This really has a special depth of flavor, it is so very good. I think I will add this to my list of dishes, good enough to entertain with! Chop your onion small y’all :), just to be sure you end up with completely softened cooked onions in your finished dish. 4-6 cloves of garlic is perfect, I left them whole you can certainly chop them if you prefer. Fresh is best in my book, but dried herbs work just fine. I’m lucky in that in my neck of the woods (So. Cal.) rosemary bushes grow like crazy. Here is the mix ready to cook… After searching the web for an authentic chicken cacciatore recipe I opted to follow Ms. DeLaurentiis lead for the most part, except, my version is made in the crockpot. I adlibbed on a few things. I also took a few ideas from Saveur, one of my …

Crockpot Shredded Carnitas 

I had about 4 pounds of pork to use up so carnitas it is. Making them in the crockpot is way easy. Gathering my ingredients Beggining to sear the pork Into the crockpot it goes All done Let the shredding begin Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola 4 pounds seared pork (I used boneless sirloin here) half an onion, sliced I jalapeño, halved 2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp crushed oregano 1/4 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp pepper 1 cup orange juice Process… 1. In a crockpot place the onions, seared pork (see note below), and seasonings. 2. Pour the orange in. 3. Cook on high covered  in crockpot for 6 hours. 4. Shred when cool. I like to to add some of the cooking juice back in. 5. At the point you can separate the pork into meal portions and freeze. (to sear the pork heat a pan to high with 2 tablespoons oil (canola is best), place the pork in the pan and brown the meat on both sides. …